The City Goods Ordinance

The 1. February 2002 the obligatory trial-scheme "City Goods Ordinance" was introduced in the medieval Copenhagen. The trial ended 31. October 2003.

This means that vans and lorries heavier than 2.500 kg totalweight is not allowed to stop in the designated area, unless they have a City Goods certificate. Be aware that lorries heavier than 18.000 kg needs a special certificate. Contact the City Gods Secretary

Three types of certificates
There are three types of certificates:

  • The green certificate can be obtained for the whole trial-period if the car fullfills a number of demand and if the owner makes a report on the capacityutilisation every three months. It cost 260 d.kr. 
  • The yellow certificate can be obtained for up to 6 months if the car fullfills some demand. It cost 260 d.kr.
  • The red certificate only last for one day. There are no demands. It cost 40 d.kr.

The green and yellow certificate can only be obtained by filling out an Application form. Map with the designated area and locations of the special loading zones for cars with green certificate
(see more on this topic here:
details about the ordinance). The red certificate can be bought at a number of sales-places.

The aim of the ordinance
The purpose with the trial-scheme is to reduce the numbers, size and age of the cars driving into the Medieval Copenhagen. A report from 1997 states that every day app. 3.500 vans and lorries over 2.500 kg totalweight makes 6.000 trips to the 1 x 1 km big area. A very big percentage of the cars has a very poor utilisation of their capacity.

Contact details:
Københavns Kommune
City Gods Sekretariatet
Gammeltoftsgade 17
DK-1355 København K
Phone: +45 7080 8090
Fax: +45 8232 9432
E-mail: Citygods@btf.kk.dk 

Institute for Transport studier

The institute carries out sector research in logistics and freight transport. The primary business areas are analysis and optimisation of freight transport chains and investigation and description of the development, requirements and options in the transport sector. The institute was established in 1989 initiated by public and private parties. The institute is as an independent foundation.

Since 1989 the institute has carried out projects within the framework of:

Contact details:
Institut for Transportstudier
Hærvejen 11C
DK-6330 Padborg
Phone: +45 7467 5252
Fax: +45 7467 5258
E-mail: ift@transportstudier.dk


ITDwebsite transIT is ITD’s new profile on the Internet (International Transport Danmark).

ITD’s homepage is now merged with transIT. ITDwebsite transIT is the name on ITD’s new homepage. transIT will endeavour to continue to offer relevant knowledge and information targeted at international transportation as well as relevant tools that will support the daily business processes of each ITD-member.

In future, transIT will support the ITD-profile by developing and elaborating ITD’s services in proportion to the members of the association, potential members and interesting parties.

Contact details:
Jens Iwer Petersen
Managing Director
E-mail: jip@itd.dk


Copenhagen Business School

Copenhagen Business School  views itself as a European University and strives to be among the best institutions of higher education in Europe. Research and teaching are conducted according to European standards and quality is measured up against the best foreign universities. An example is that CBS is EQUIS accredited. Copenhagen Business School sees the "Øresund region" as a natural home ground and is heavily engaged in the networking cooperation between the Copenhagen area and Southern Sweden within the framework of the Øresundsuniversitet.

Partnership with the business community
Cooperation with the Danish business community in the planning of new study programmes and in new research activities is a corner stone in the strategy. The CBS Partnership Program and the establishment of several centres for applied research are examples of this cooperation.

A learning university
Essential values to Copenhagen Business School include flexibility and innovative spirit throughout the organisation, combined with collection and systematisation of experience. Maintaining these qualities is ensured through competence development of all staff, external and internal peer reviews and building an organisational culture that encourages experiment and a venture spirit.

Read more about CBS's strategic planning in Strategic Update.

Contact details:
Copenhagen Business School
Solbjerg Plads 3
DK-2000 Frederiksberg
Phone: +45 3815 3815
E-mail: cbs@cbs.dk

The Ministry of Transport

The Ministry of Transport is a complex organisation whose areas of responsibility are handled by many different units. Our areas of responsibility include roads and traffic, fixed links, railways, public transport, harbours, airports and assignments in relation to postal services, meteorology, transport research and the Danish coasts. The different units have a total of approximately 40,000 employees.

The Minister of Transport is a member of the Danish government. It is his role to implement the government’s traffic policy as expressed for instance in legislative programmes and the government platform. The Minister of Transport is also the senior administrative authority within the traffic area.

The Secretariat serves as adviser of the Minister of Transport. It is headed by the Permanent Secretary, who chairs the so-called corporate board which also consists of each of the section managers in the Secretariat and the directors of some of the units under the Ministry of Transport.

Contact details:
Ministry of Transport
Frederiksholms Kanal 27 
DK-1220 København K
Phone: +45 3392 3355 
Fax: +45 3312 3893
E-mail: trm@trm.dk


The Danish Transport Research Institute (DTF) is a research institute under the Danish Ministry of Transport. The institute commenced its activities as from August 2000 and is thus in a building-up stage. The purpose of the Institute is to strengthen transport research with special focus on such fields as transport safety and risk as well as transport economics and transport modelling.

Within these research fields Danish Transport Research Institute carries out academic research, applied research besides working with innovation, consultancy services and communication of know-how with a view to making the results of research and development available for practical exploitation. The Institute is built up with a broad research basis, and activities are planned with special focus on the inter-disciplinary aspects of transport problems.

The Institute participates actively in national and international (including EU) research co-operation and in its co-ordination. In addition, Danish Transport Research Institute participates actively in the education and training of researchers, for instance, by employing Ph.D. students. Publication of the research results obtained by Danish Transport Research Institute takes place partly in the Institute’s own report and notes series, partly in relevant Danish and international journals and at conferences, etc. Furthermore, the Institute attaches great importance to the application-oriented and instructional communication of these research results to wider circles.

At present the institute has a research staff of 17, but in the future the institute will expand the staff with persons qualified in subjects such as psychology, engineering technology, economics, mathematics, statistics and planning. The Institute is located at Knuth-Winterfeldts Allé in Lyngby in close connection with the Technical University of Denmark.

Contact details:
Danish Transport Research Institute
Knuth-Winterfeldts Allé
DK-2800 Kgs. Lyngby
Phone: +45 4525 6500
Fax: +45 4593 6533
E-mail: dtf@dtf.dk

Project Sustainable City Logistics Solutions
Looking at the environmental aspects of distribution by van or lorry in city centres is a relatively new concept.
Basically, everybody wants lively and accessible city centres where we can all move around safely and where trade and culture are flourishing. This requires delivery of goods on a daily basis. However, so far the distribution of goods has not been in accordance with our wishes regarding the city's space and environment.

The initial measures
During the 1990s Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland among other countries carried out a number of pilot projects concerning alternative models for distribution in city centres - known as city logistics - while Denmark mainly carried out theoretical analyses and research projects.

One exception was the cooperation initiated in 1993 on the initiative of the Danish Minister for Transport between Danske Fragtmænd and DSB Gods, the two largest collective distributors in Denmark.

On the basis of their experience of daily distribution in city areas they set out to create feasible solution models which would benefit the local environment and also accommodate the interests of the local authorities, carriers and traders alike.

The work resulted in the following three papers:

  • Portrait of an environmentally-friendly transport solution for city areas (Danish only)
  • Principles of future regulation (certification) of goods transport in cities (available in English)
  • Catalogue of ideas for goods transport in city areas (Danish only)

The proposals attracted the keen interest of the Municipality of Copenhagen, and in 1995 a working group was established to apply a solution model to a specific project.

Tri-city cooperation

Exploration of other solutions and testing of alternative models in smaller city areas led three Danish municipalities - Aalborg, Aarhus and Copenhagen - to prepare a joint programme for the development of goods transport in city areas.

The primary objective is to create transport solutions to the benefit of the city environment in terms of road safety, air and noise pollution, accessibility, energy consumption, safety and the visual environment. This applies to transport of goods and services to and from city areas. At the same time, goods transport should ensure a level playing field for the retail trade in the city area and the vast shopping centres outside the city.

Other objectives are to ensure the exchange and communication of experience and to maintain consistency in the various pilot projects to be launched. This prevents the implementation in Denmark of different schemes, which would make unreasonable demands on the nationwide transport companies.

The three cities have also embarked on trial development projects to test various models and parameters of city logistics.

The three cities and the Ministry of Transport have thus created a steering group which has established a joint forum - the Forum for City Logistics - with its own secretariat.

On the basis of practical experience the Forum is to investigate which environmental benefits can be gained by applying various distribution models with or without local restrictions.

The Secretariat of the Forum for City Logistics

The Secretariat of the Forum coordinates the pilot projects in the three cities and otherwise acts as consultant to other Danish municipalities. A municipality may draw on the knowledge and resources of the Secretariat for advice on a city logistics project. The Secretariat also gathers knowledge in the form of reports, analyses and other documents and makes this knowledge available for other similar projects. Another task is to network with Danish and foreign stakeholders, e.g. public authorities, organisations, carriers and shippers and recipients of goods.

The knowledge thus gathered will be communicated in a newsletter, at conferences, on field trips and on a Web site.

The Secretariat also monitors projects in Europe. These include local as well as more broad-based EU-funded projects. The overriding principle behind establishing the Secretariat is a practical, experience-based approach to the problems rather than a theoretical approach.

Contact details:
Gorm Petri
Njalsgade 13, 4. sal
DK-2300 Købehavn S
Phone: +45 3295 7736
Fax: +45 3295 7738
E-mail: sekretariatet@forum-citylogistik.dk
ULR: http://www2.city-logistik.dk


Danish Road Directorate

The Danish Road Directorate, Ministry of Transport, Denmark, is responsible for the administration and operation of the 1,618 km national road network.

Its tasks consist of planning, construction, improvement, maintenance and operation of the network and provision of services and traffic information to all road users.

Contact details:
Niels Juels Gade 13
Postboks 9018
DK-1022 København K
Phone: +45 3341 3333
Fax: +45 3315 6335
E-mail: vd@vd.dk

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